State’s infant mortality numbers down

Ponca City Now - August 7, 2015 8:57 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A new report says Oklahoma has seen an overall decline in its infant mortality rate in recent years, but notes a disparity in the numbers between races.

The Oklahoman reports that infant mortality describes the number of babies who don’t live to their first birthday. Health experts say it’s an important indicator to show a nation’s health since it’s associated with a variety of factors, including maternal health, quality and access to medical care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Wednesday, showing the state’s 2013 infant mortality rate was a 15 percent reduction from its 2005 rate.

But the state’s infant mortality rate still remains above the national average. Additionally, the state’s rate among black babies was almost twice that of white babies.

 

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